Annual Giving Staff

Would you like to talk to someone about making a gift? One of our team members would be happy to receive your call:

Melanie Lyons

Melanie Lyons

Director of Annual Giving

Devon Fata

Devon Fata

Annual Giving Phonathon Coordinator

Dee Jackson

Dee Jackson

Annual Giving and Community Relations

Student Development Officers

Brady Boehm
Hibbing, MN

Jessica Brand
West Bloomfield, MI
Speech Pathology

Kayla DeWyn
Grand Haven, MI

Dana Drosdick
Ballston Spa, NY
Digital Communications, Spanish

Johanna Gibson
Holland, MI
Speical Education

Rahel Hatch
London, England
Sociology, Urban Studies

Emily Joustra
Zeeland, MI
Secondary Education, Integrated Science

Kelly King
Providence, RI
Japanese, Linguistics

Ryan Leck
Cerridos, CA
Digital Communications

Jennifer Lee
Seoul, Korea

Bryan Lutke
Zeeland, MI
Spanish, Business Marketing

Maia Madrid
Manitowoc, WI
Geology, Geography

Mimi Mutesa
Kampala, Uganda
Film and Media, Chinese, Business

Elise Schroeder
Oak Park, IL

Elijah Sefcik
Cleveland, OH
Electrical Engineering

Nyarado Sirewu
Harare, Zimbabwe
Public Health, International Development Studies

Jamin Short
St. George, Ontario, Canada
Social Work, Chinese

Lillian Spackman
Bend, OR

Emily Stroble
Colorado Springs, CO
Creative Writing

Akyera Thompson
Beaver Falls, PN
Social Work, Psychology

Tammie Thong
Singapore, Kong Kong (Mainland China)
Biology, Computer Science

Jackson VanHaitsma
McBain, MI
Computer Science

Shelby Waterson
DeWitt, MI

Jori Wieringa
Hudsonville, MI
Secondary Education, English

Jonathan Wiers
Cincinnati, OH
Engineering, Applied Music

Eric Yeong
Toronto, Ontario

Dayna Zylstra
Grand Rapids, MI
Spanish, International Development


Students Supporting Students

The Calvin College Phonathon exists to engage students with supporters, and to connect supporters with some of the very students they’re impacting.

Q&A with Tammie Thong, Student Caller

Why did you choose Calvin?

I decided that Calvin was a good fit for me because it offered a quality Christian liberal arts education at an affordable price.

Where are you from? What about Grand Rapids reminds you of home?

Given that I am originally from tropical Singapore but grew up in bustling Hong Kong and China, my “homes” are vastly different from Grand Rapids. Despite these differences, Grand Rapids—and Calvin in particular—is similar to Hong Kong and Singapore, in that it is supportive of diversity and harmony in a heterogeneous community.

What has been your favorite course at Calvin?

My favorite course so far is my Biology 141 course because we looked at complex worldwide issues that affect everyday people.

Where is your favorite hangout spot on campus?

Johnny’s, because it has such a cozy atmosphere, and you are bound to see at least five people you know at any given time.

Why is supporting Calvin so important?

It is so important to support Calvin because most of us cannot afford the price tag of a quality liberal arts education. Calvin is also so accommodating and supportive of its students through student organizations, free counseling, and tutoring, among many other services.